Courtesy Moshe Kochavi

Tel Hadar, meaning “splendid hill,” is a subtle 4-acre rise beside the Sea of Galilee. To excavators it yielded the structures shown here: two impressive public buildings, which share one wall. In the foreground is a long, tripartite structure divided into thirds by two rows of pillars. The small compartment-like rooms of the building in the background were used to store grain. As it happens, Tel Hadar has both a pillared and a solid-wall tripartite building. In the accompanying article, author Moshe Kochavi suggests what these puzzling buildings may have been used for—a topic that has long divided scholars.